Now, this is a writer that’s won three awards for investigative journalism and, yet, he presents us with a work that’s so two-dimensional it leaves you wondering if it was generated by a computer.
Friscolanti spins us a story of shady dispensaries, greedy entrepreneurs, and the noble police working tirelessly to protect our children. In this fairy tale, as in every other prohibitionist fiction, the people risking their life, liberty and security to bring needed supplies to willing customers are the villains. Those threatening, assaulting, extorting, robbing and kidnapping them are the heroes.
He actually expects you to believe this demented interpretation of reality.
We’re regaled with quotations from police officers and addiction ‘experts’ explaining their imagined fears about cannabis in order to justify their continued criminality. The victims of their actions, have practically no voice in the entire article.
In one of the most stunning statements in the article, Saskatoon police Chief Clive Weighill, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said “I’ve never experienced a situation like this where there are pending changes to the law coming, and even before the laws are changed people are stepping ahead of the new regulations, this is a real precedent-setter in Canada.”
This is disturbing because either this decorated officer doesn’t know his own country’s history, or he doesn’t know the meaning of the word “precedent.”
Does Weighill really think that there were no dispensaries opening up in Canada before the government’s commitment to ending prohibition? Does he really think there’s never been mass civil-disobedience in this country?
“Authorities” (there’s no such thing, you know) like Chief Weighill just don’t get it. They think the movement to end cannabis prohibition is about people who like getting high.
There’s only one thing, and one thing only, that brings tens of thousands of people in to the streets to protest. Only one thing inspires entrepreneurs to fly the black flag and do business anyways, the law be damned.
That thing is human rights, and you mess with them at your own peril.
“In the context of overwhelming evidence that drug law enforcement has failed to achieve its stated objectives, it is important that its harmful consequences be acknowledged and addressed. These consequences include … severe human rights violations, including torture, forced labour, inhuman and degrading treatment, and execution of drug offenders in a number of countries.” — Vienna Declaration of 2010
Far from keeping children safe, the legacy of prohibitionists are HIV epidemics, the undermining of public health systems, crises in the criminal justice system, the alienation from society of entire groups of people, systematic and systemic violence, massive profits to terrorist and other criminal organizations, and billions of wasted taxpayer money.
A 2010 meta-study examined over 900 research papers and remarked in The Lancet:
“Published work documents widespread abuses of human rights, which increase vulnerability to HIV infection and negatively affect delivery of HIV programmes. These abuses include denial of harm-reduction services, discriminatory access to antiretroviral therapy, abusive law enforcement practices, and coercion in the guise of treatment for drug dependence.” — Jürgens et al., 2010: 475
So, in case people like Chief Weighill are reading this article and still don’t get it, I’ll spell it out clearly —prohibition on the adult use of so-called “drugs” is a violation of basic human rights, its enforcers are criminals, and its proponents their cowardly enablers.
Let that sink in for a minute.
This is no different from the police who herded 22,000 Japanese into internment camps.
Addiction ‘experts’ calling for continued prohibition are no different than other “experts” that promoted eugenics and performed forced sterilizations on thousands women throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
There is no escaping the violence implied by prohibitionist policies whether they target ethnicity, reproduction, or simply responsible adults looking to enjoy themselves.
If the legalization task force fails to deliver a bill that brings drug policy in line with the world’s understanding of what human rights are, and how miserably prohibition has failed, the government will continue to be mired by lawsuit after lawsuit. The government will continue its record-setting losing streak in court, and ruling by ruling the record of history will show prohibitionists relegated to being one of the most distasteful groups of people ever to exist.